Playing in month 8

    Have a babbling conversation

    Your child’s anatomy has changed: Her vocal tract has lengthened to resemble that of an adult   and her larynx has descended in the throat (it won’t reach the adult level until age 3 - an infant can drink and breathe at the same time; an adult cannot). These changes make speech possible - but your baby doesn't know words yet, so she babbles. Respond to her with a smile and a conversation (”Is that so? Tell me all about it!” "Cool!") Your child will smile and babble right back. Don't expect it to mean anything - she's just experimenting with sounds. Keep up the conversation for as long as your baby seems interested… it is likely you will tire of the game long before she will!

    How it helps the brain grow

    When they babble, babies use the sounds they hear in the language all around them. (A German baby babbles with different sounds than a Chinese baby.) When your baby babbles and you respond, you are helping to build the auditory and language centers of his brain. Your child is learning the conventions of language, too.

    The school connection

    With your back and forth “conversation," your child learns the basics of taking turns as well as the conventions of conversation.

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